Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How to draw the proportions of a female - Fritz Willis

This is amazing, the proportions of the female body in an original sketch by pin-up artist Fritz Willis. It was published in the Walter T. Foster book, "The Nude."


Nude (96)

The original sketch is for sale on Ebay.

Oil: Faces & Features (HT106) Faces and Features (How to Draw and Paint)
Oil: Faces and Features (HT106)
Faces and Features (How to Draw and Paint)


The Model (#117)

Another Post: Fritz Willis Pinups..

 How to Draw & Paint Pin-ups & Glamour Girls: Step-by-step art instruction from the vintage Walter Foster archives (Walter Foster Collectibles)
Artist Fritz Willis Vintage Classic Pin Up Girl Poster Print Untitled 2

How to Draw & Paint Pin-ups & Glamour Girls: Step-by-step art instruction from the vintage Walter Foster archives (Walter Foster Collectibles)


Fritz Willis books at Abebooks.com.


Fritz Willis' Art Lessons - Now Anyone can Draw Beautiful Girls with this simplified Fritz Willis Method. If you can hold a pencil, you can draw beautiful girls, running, jumping, standing, sitting, etc. Shetches that are suitable for sale or decoration. Fritz Willis, World renowned illustrator now offers you his SECRETS and SHORT-CUTS to the Art of Figure Drawing.

More examples at Codex99

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  2. The proportions in that diagram are roughly those of the classic canon; I don't think that Willis himself typically used those proportions. His women are usually leggier.

    The classic canon didn't simply arise arbitrarily; while idealizations of beauty are just that, they are informed by averages, and as averages change so does taste.

    Nutrition has a marked effect on the long bones. A disproportionate share in the gain in average human height has come from longer legs.

    The classic canon was informed by an average more skewed by malnutrition. The tension between the classic canon and tastes became very pronounced in the 20th Century.

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  3. Here's a funny post on the blog Gallery of the Absurd, comparing a study of female proportion in Adolphe Armand Braun's Hieroglyphic or Greek Method of Life Drawing to a revised version for the 21st century:

    http://galleryoftheabsurd.typepad.com/14/2007/12/the-female-body.html

    More posts on Human Proportions

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